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WISEPlace - A Community of Hope & Housing

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

WISEPlace is the only Orange County-based nonprofit focused on ending homelessness for unaccompanied women. Its mission is to "lead the effort of ending homelessness for unaccompanied women through housing solutions & empowering wrap-around services that provide a path toward personal self-reliance." Its unique name stands for "Women," "Inspired," "Supported," and "Empowered."


WISEPlace's services include:

  • Employment Assistance: resume development, job coaching, interview preparation, & professional clothing

  • Socialization: a variety of events such as yoga, art healing, & bingo to promote socialization and overall wellbeing.

  • Health & Wellness: proactive support to stabilize health & wellness, and to secure access to medical services.

  • Addiction Recovery: interactive support groups, led by a licensed facilitator, to overcome any addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.)

  • Financial Planning: financial literacy, budgeting, personal savings, & taxes.

  • Housing Assistance: building a housing plan backed by supportive resources such as rental deposits, moving fees, & home furnishing.

WISEPlace serves unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness who often lack the support system of a spouse, significant other, or children. It’s a population that is severely under-served and overlooked nationally and locally. 30% of the homeless population are unaccompanied women, so WISEPlace is here to help.


WISEPlace has made a significant impact on over 8,000 women! Let's look at some numbers:

  • 77% of women transition to stable housing through WISEPlace's Housing Assistance.

  • 73% obtain employment with the help of WISEPlace's Employment Assistance.

  • 72% increase their income & savings with WISEPlace's Financial Planning services.

Similar to Chrysalis, WISEPlace has some stories posted on its website from women who graduated from the program. Read about, Marina, Shelly, and Augusta today!


To reach WISEPlace's website, click here.

To directly apply for its services, click here.



5 Comments


Ed Zappia
Ed Zappia
Oct 04, 2022

I am continuously impressed and enlightened by the stories and information that Arielle/ProjectWhy provide. I hope ProjectWhy continues to grow and make a difference.

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These statistics are so heartbreaking.. thank you for posting resources and partnering with people t help and share stories!

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Guest
Sep 16, 2022

Such an informative article!!

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azapp25
azapp25
Sep 15, 2022

What a fantastic resource for women! It is shocking & shameful that nearly 1/3 of unhoused people are single women, who are hardly ever violent or dangerous, but most often themselves the victims of abuse. Thank you WISEPlace & ProjectWHY!

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ALEX
ALEX
Sep 15, 2022

Oh my goodness!! I had no idea that such a large percentage of individuals experiencing homelessness is unaccompanied women.

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